Staffordshire school doubles kitchen size as infants granted free meals

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A school in Staffordshire has doubled the size of its kitchen and invested in new catering equipment as part of a £600,000 revamp.

The improvements at Jackfield Infants’ School, in Burslem, are in response to a sudden increase in demand for school meals following a government decision to provide infants with free school meals.

In a report by The Sentinel, catering supervisor Karen Degg told the newspaper: “We are now serving an extra 90 meals a day. Not every child has a school meal, but the vast majority of them do. In the past, we only had a small kitchen. Now it’s not only bigger, it also flows better.”

As well as new catering equipment the improvements include a new serving hatch to better manage the distribution of meals.

Catering staff at the school now serve 220 meals a day and are enjoying the improved kitchen facilities which were funded by a government grant for school capital projects.

The decision to offer free meals to all infants could mean a surge in demand for kitchen fit-outs and new foodservice equipment.

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